Imagine my utter amazement when the woman rushed out to the paddock this morning to inform me that I had won an award! When I saw her coming I quickly hid behind a tree in case she had any lunatic ideas about bathing my person - she had a crazed look about her. But no, it was to tell me that the tall woman and I have been given a trophy for "Most Enthusiastic Parade Participant". It must be due to my colourful costume, as I am averse to any displays of overt emotion and always conduct myself with dignity and restraint. In any event, I am extremely pleased to be acknowledged for my role as a pillar of the local community. As soon as the trophy is delivered, I will have the woman take numerous photos of self and tall woman posing with it.
To round out an already exemplary day, the young lad with mowers came to attack the tall grass in our paddocks. Completely unnecessary of course, but the woman is obsessed with our overconsumption and the general untidiness of chewed-over greenery. To get to the sylvan glades on the other side of the electric fence, the lad has to take down one section of wire. Molly shot through the narrow gap between tractor and post and the rest of us soon followed. We spent a lovely afternoon gorging on the best Mother Nature has to offer. The woman left us for awhile and then, looking stern and carrying the lunge whip, she herded us back to the barren side. We waddled into the barn, breathing heavily, and didn't even complain when she fore-went our usual flake of hay (except for Jack, who demanded, and got, a full haynet).
Jack now has his own fly mask and is inordinately pleased. He has been without so many things, including food, for so long, that he is overcome by the abundance of attention he is receiving. He has discovered that if he raps politely on the door when the woman is cleaning our rooms, she will let him in and groom him while he has a snack. In the evenings, he has taken to braying at us at exactly seven o'clock to let us know it's time to go in. He was a bit nervous at being confined to his room in the beginning, as it's his first indoor accomodation, but now he can't wait to get in and attack his hay net. "Young man", he said to me today, "I find my situation in life vastly improved. I have a notion this is a good locale for just settin and thinkin - and eatin, ev course."